This area is comprised of vast, arid salt plain. The people of this region, the Mai, are a hardy, stolid and reliable lot; excellent horsemen and fierce fighters with axe and short sword. They are physically the largest of the Shou peoples, standing almost six foot two as an average. Their clothes are usually rough woolens tipped with furs. The Mai eat far more millet and wheat than is common in other parts of the Empire, mostly in the form of noodles and stuffed buns. They are the only people of the Shou who regularly eat lamb and mutton.
It is said of the Mai that they are “Stubborn to anger, as unstopable as the taifun, and bright before Heaven in their stupid honesty.” Whether this proverb is a compliment or not is somewhat unclear.
- Geopolitical, Province
- Alternative names
- The Plain of the Horse
- Parent Organization
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